ESZTER ZIMANYI is a PhD candidate and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California, where she also co-organizes USC’s Middle East Film Screening Series. Her work has been published in Transnational Cinemas, Media Fields Journal, Jadaliyya, Enclave Review, and Docalogue. She served as the lead research assistant for the book Fifty Years of the Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, authored by Sohail Daulatzai, as well as the editorial assistant for Return of The Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop. Eszter also acted as a curatorial assistant for Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, which showcased rare posters from Cuba’s OSPAAAL collective. She is co-editor with Emma Ben Ayoun of the spring 2017 issue of the media studies journal Spectator. Her current research considers how Europe’s internal divisions during and after the Cold War have impacted the development of the contemporary migrant/refugee crisis. She examines how the figure of the migrant / refugee and the imaginary of Eastern Europe co-constitute each other, making visible the parallel logics of the Cold War and the War on Terror.
Research Interests: migration, diaspora, and refugee studies, global and transnational media, postcolonial and postsocialist studies, documentary, and digital media.
Committee: Aniko Imre (Chair), Nitin Govil, Priya Jaikumar, Michael Renov, Olivia C. Harrison
Dissertation: “Migratory Wars: Producing Refugees, Crisis, and Europe’s Shifting Borderscapes Along the Balkan Route ”